Even beyond the Korean War, South Korea's history is wrought with conflict. The War Memorial of Korea documents this history with a focus on the country's relationships with North Korea, China and Japan. A full-fledged museum, the memorial is housed in the former headquarters of the Korean Infantry.
Within the eight main exhibits is an extensive collection of equipment from the Korean War, including tanks, guns and military planes, as well as a series of sculptures and paintings depicting patriotic war efforts. Those who only have time for one exhibit should be sure to visit the Korean War exhibit. Technically, the Korean War is still ongoing, and tensions often run hot between the North and the South, rendering the information here particularly relevant. Travelers who plan to visit the DMZ will benefit from a trip to the War Memorial of Korea first, as it is a great place to full flesh out an understanding of this complex conflict.